Bible: Matt. 12:18-28
12:18 “Here is 1 my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I take great delight. 2
I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
12:19 He will not quarrel or cry out,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
12:20 He will not break a bruised reed or extinguish a smoldering wick,
until he brings justice to victory.
Jesus and Beelzebul
12:22 Then they brought to him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute. Jesus 5 healed him so that he could speak and see. 6 12:23 All the crowds were amazed and said, “Could this one be the Son of David?” 12:24 But when the Pharisees 7 heard this they said, “He does not cast out demons except by the power of Beelzebul, 8 the ruler 9 of demons!” 12:25 Now when Jesus 10 realized what they were thinking, he said to them, 11 “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, 12 and no town or house divided against itself will stand. 12:26 So if 13 Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 12:27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons 14 cast them 15 out? For this reason they will be your judges. 12:28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God 16 has already overtaken 17 you.